Distance from Baltimore: 180 miles, about a three-hour drive Why its worth the gas: Adventure Sports Center International in McHenry in Western Maryland offers a man-made whitewater experience that's nearly as thrilling as the real thing. Each raft on the one-third-mile loop holds six people plus a guide. Everyone wears a safety helmet and has to sit through a safety talk beforehand. The season is typically from May to October. Don't miss: If water doesn't float your boat, how about rock climbing? In addition to its 16-acre mountaintop campus at Wisp Resort, ASCI manages the Fork Run Recreation Area, a 550-acre forest where they offer guided climb and rappel. bouldering, mountain biking, hiking and geocaching. Information: ASCI Adventures, 250 Adventure Sports Way, McHenry, Md., 301-387-3250, adventuresportscenter.com.
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